Management at RAP have yet to receive details of ballot


first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – September 13, 2018 Previous articleEmergency services struggling to navigate road works – GlackinNext articleFunding allocated for works at Royal & Prior, Raphoe News Highland Google+ Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Management at the Rapid Action Packaging Factory in Gweedore claim they have yet to receive full details from SIPTU of a ballot held in August in which union members voted in favour of staging a 16 hour work stoppage later this month.In a statement issued today, RAP say they are to write to the trade union calling for further clarification on the details of the ballot including; the exact wording of the ballot and the number of votes cast.They also claim that employees who are members of SIPTU have informed management that these details have also not been shared with union members.A ballot was held last month during which union members voted in favour of industrial action in response to the company not recognising a Labour Court Reccomendation.Management say the welfare of its employees is of the utmost importance and that an Employee Forum is in place however, to date, no complaints or issues have been brought to the attention of the company concerning any issues outlined by SIPTU.According to management the company has no objection with employees joining a union and say on a number of occassions they have engaged in discussions with the trade union and employees.In front of the Labour Court, SIPTU outlined that RAP are an excellent employer providing valuable employment in the area and that they had no issues with the company other than union recognition.RAP is calling on SIPTU to provide further clarification on the details of the ballot.They say it is their hope and belief that this matter can be resolved through open and transparent dialogue.Statement in Full:On 7 September 2018 RA Pacaisti Teo was notified that some of the company’s employees are to engage in a 16-hour work stoppage on 24 September 2018 following a ballot that was held on 17 August 2018. SITPU informed RA Pacaisti that this ballot was being held to consider strike action due to the company not officially recognising SIPTU following a non-binding recommendation from the Labour Court on 24 May 2018. The management of RA Pacaisti was disappointed to learn about the proposed industrial action as the welfare of its employees is of the utmost importance and it has always been committed to working with its employees to ensure they feel valued and represented.It should be noted that RA Pacaisti has no objection with employees joining a union, that we have sat down with Employees and SIPTU on a number of occasions in the past and to suggest otherwise would be incorrect.RA Pacaisti Teo has yet to receive from SIPTU full details of the ballot including: the number of RA Pacaisti Teo employees that are members of SIPTU; the exact wording of what SIPTU asked its members to vote on; the number of votes cast; and the number of votes for and against each SIPTU question. Management has been informed by employees who are members of SIPTU that these details have also not been shared with union members.RA Pacaisti Teo has in place an Employee Forum in which a range of employees participate, some of which are also SIPTU members. During these forums staff are encouraged to raise any issues or concerns they may have. To date, no complaints or issues have been brought to the attention of the company concerning any issues inferred by SIPTU in recent media reports. The company is also heartened by the number of its employees who have made it known to the company that they do not support the strike action or the wider actions of SIPTU.This Employee Forum is aiding RA Pacaisti Teo to develop and further transform its workplace from a very good working environment to be a great place to work, which is the ultimate goal of the company. In front of the Labour Court, SIPTU outlined that RA Pacaisti Teo are an excellent employer providing valuable employment in the area and that they had no issues with the company other than union recognition. It is worth noting that over the past 20 years the company has not had to attend the Labour Court for any other matter.Speaking today RA Pacaisti Teo’s Operations Director John McDermott said, “We have been in operation in Gweedore since 1998 growing from 4 employees to over 225. We have recently added a second manufacturing facility on the same industrial estate in Gweedore and we have further plans for expansion. We attribute much of our success to our hardworking, loyal, dedicated and talented staff. As a large employer in Gweedore, we are proud of what we have all achieved to date. We value our staff highly and are committed to operating at all times in the best interests of our employees and our customers.”RA Pacaisti Teo is currently in the process of writing to SIPTU for further clarification on the details of the ballot mentioned above. It is the company’s hope and belief that this matter can be resolved through open and transparent dialogue with its employees. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Management at RAP have yet to receive details of ballot DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+last_img read more

MPs who have changed their mind on euthanasia


first_imgIn 2003, the Death with Dignity Bill would have legalised euthanasia by allowing people who are incurably and terminally ill to request and receive medical assistance to end their lives. The bill was defeated, fortunately.The MPs below were in the House and voted against the bill in 2003.Nothing has changed since then, except that palliative care and pain management has improved significantly as medical knowledge has increased.Why are these MPs now voting FOR David Seymour’s euthanasia bill (based on their 2nd Reading vote).They should vote NO.last_img read more

Ripley County announces two COVID-19 cases


first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. — The Ripley County Health Department announced two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.Neither of the patients are over the age of 60 and both took the important step of self-isolating once they became symptomatic.Health officials urge citizens to monitor for symptoms which have ranged from mild to severe illness.“The Ripley County Health Department would like to remind all citizens to practice public health precautions of social distancing, avoiding mass gatherings, and to wash hands frequently,” the press release stated.Find more information about COVID-19 by selecting this link.last_img read more

Arsenal, Liverpool Kickoff New Premier League Season with Thrilling Wins against…


first_imgBy Demola OjoJust 48 days after last season’s delayed conclusion, the Premier League returned with a bang as Liverpool and Leeds served up a feast of goals to open the 2020-21 campaign.Mohamed Salah hit a hat-trick as Liverpool kicked off their Premier League title defence with a thrilling 4-3 win against Leeds, while Arsenal turned on the style in a 3-0 victory at Fulham yesterday. Jurgen Klopp’s side are English champions for the first time since 1990 and their bid for a record-equalling 20th title got off to a memorable start. Liverpool didn’t have it all their own way as Leeds came from behind three times before Egypt forward Salah finished them off with two minutes left.Leeds are back in the top-flight for the first time in 16 years and Marcelo Bielsa’s team deserve credit for putting Liverpool under enough pressure to expose flaws in a team that won the title by 18 points.After Liverpool lost the Community Shield to Arsenal last month, this was another warning that the Reds can’t afford to rest on their laurels.Salah won a fourth-minute penalty when his shot hit Leeds debutant Robin Koch on his outstretched arm and he dispatched the spot-kick himself.Leeds fashioned a stunning equaliser in the 12th minute when on-loan Manchester City midfielder Jack Harrison cut past Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez before drilling a superb low finish into the bottom corner.Virgil van Dijk restored Liverpool’s lead eight minutes later with a thumping header from Andrew Robertson’s corner. Leeds equalised again in the 30th minute when Van Dijk made a hash of a flicked attempt to clear and Patrick Bamford pounced to guide his shot past Alisson Becker.A remarkable game produced more drama as Salah struck again three minutes later with a thunderous drive into the roof of the net. Leeds equalised for a third time when Mateusz Klich made a well-timed run to meet Helder Costa’s pass with a composed finish in the 66th minute.But Liverpool won it in the 88th minute when Leeds debutant Rodrigo tripped Fabinho and Salah slotted in the penalty, leaving Klopp to sum up the feelings of both teams when he mouthed “wow” at the final whistle.At Craven Cottage, Arsenal hit the ground running with the kind of confident display that has become their hallmark since Mikel Arteta took charge. Arsenal’s free-flowing attack was too incisive for promoted Fulham and Alexandre Lacazette gave the visitors an early lead.Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes scored Arsenal’s second after the break in his first appearance since his close-season move from Lille.Aubameyang added the final flourish with a typically eye-catching strike that emphasised why Arsenal are so desperate for the Gabon forward to sign an extension to the contract which expires at the end of the season.Gunners boss Arteta had good news for fans concerned Aubameyang might leave as he revealed their team’s talisman is set to accept the contract offer.“I’m really positive we are going to get it done very soon and hopefully in the next few days you will get some news,” Arteta told BT Sport.With former Chelsea winger Willian providing a pair of assists on his debut, it was the ideal way for Arsenal to start a season that appears full of promise after last season’s FA Cup triumph.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Latest: Arsenal 2 QPR 0 – Ten men enough for the Gunners against Rangers


first_imgTomas Rosicky’s goal midway through the second half left QPR facing the prospect of a 10th consecutive away defeat.Trailing to Alexis’ Sanchez’s first-half goal, Rangers were given a boost when Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud was sent off on 53 minutes after appearing to headbutt Nedum Onuoha.But the Gunners remained in control and doubled their lead courtesy of a low shot from Rosicky after he had been set up by Sanchez.Sanchez atoned for a penalty miss by putting Arsenal ahead in a one-sided first half at the Emirates Stadium.QPR had an early let-off when Sanchez’s woeful spot-kick was easily kept out by keeper Rob Green after Armand Traore, playing against his former club, had brought down the Arsenal man.But Sanchez made no mistake eight minutes before the break when he headed in after being found unmarked by Kieran Gibbs’ cross.That lapse came after Rangers, beaten in all nine of their away matches this season, had defended well.They reverted back to three central defenders, with Rio Ferdinand recalled to the starting line-up while Traore was given a chance to impress at left wing-back in the absence of the injured Yun Suk-Young.Traore performed poorly though and his team have been second best even since Arsenal were reduced to 10 men.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp made a double change shortly after the hour mark, replacing Traore and Karl Henry with Junior Hoilett and Leroy Fer.However, two minutes later the visitors fell further behind and look set for yet another loss on the road. QPR: Green; Onuoha, Ferdinand, Caulker, Isla, Henry (Fer 63), Mutch, Kranjcar, Traore (Hoilett 63), Vargas, Austin.Subs: McCarthy, Hill, Phillips, Wright-Phillips, Zamora.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sperm Tail is Far More Complex than Thought


first_imgLook into Dr Bergman’s many books, including his recent release, C.S. Lewis: Anti-Darwinist: A Careful Examination of the Development of His Views on Darwinism.(Visited 717 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 by Dr Jerry BergmanIt has long been believed that the sperm tail is a very simple structure, mostly a tail that wags to propel the sperm forward to reach the egg. Textbooks pictured this structure as a simple string like filament much thinner than a human hair. It was observed that the sperm tail produced harmonic bending waves, thus they were said to cause the sperm to swim like a tadpole. The bigger question then was, what was in the sperm head?Ideas about how sperm cells work date from their discovery by Leeuwenhoek in the 17th century. It was once widely believed that there exists a little person inside of every sperm cell head that traveled to the mother’s womb. The womb’s only role was to feed the child as it grew into a baby. This view was called preformationism. Another preformationist idea held that it was the egg that contained a little person that would begin to grow into a baby once the sperm initiated conception.Preformationist view vs modern structural discoveriesWhen it was recognized that the formation of a child required both a sperm (the smallest cell in the body) and an egg (the largest cell in the body), it was realized that reproduction was far more complex than once thought. Next, the parts of the sperm were studied. Researchers observed that the head contained mostly 23 haploid chromosomes. The first part of the tail, they found, contained mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell that produce ATP. The rest of the tail consisted of a long thread-like structure. That ‘simple’ thread, the tail, is at last now being revealed by more detailed observations, and it turns out to be amazingly complex!Research around 1968 proved that the sperm tail—properly called a flagellum—consists of a complex system of sliding filaments that are connected by elastic springs resembling cylinder-like structures. The cross-linked filament bundles, found both in cilia and flagella, are ubiquitous in life. Scientists also found evidence that this system contains a scaffold, the function of which is to enable the sperm to swim in the hostile environment necessary to reach the egg in the Fallopian tube. It was also discovered that the basic sperm tail design is very similar in most animal species. No evidence was found for it having evolved from a simple structure in primitive animals to a complex structure in higher animals.The Latest WiggleNew research published in 2017 has discovered that the tail system is far more complex than thought 50 years ago. The front design is vital to transmit information to distant parts of the tail to enable it to function as an effective unit for steering and propelling the sperm to its end goal.[i] The system works by complex elasto-hydrodynamics that we can only briefly outline here. Each tail is programmed to produce slightly different movements in order for the sperm to reach the egg. Scientists learned some of the details of this system partly by physically moving parts of dead sperm tails and designing mathematical models of the motion.Any one movement in this complex sequence appears to be able to trigger motion right through to the distant parts of the tail.One mechanism is counter-bending of a passive flagellum that instigates a compensatory counter-curvature in the section that it is connected to.[ii] The researchers found that movement, which begins near the sperm’s head, is transmitted along the interconnected system, creating controlled oscillatory movement along the tail’s full length.[iii]  The tail “utilizes interconnected elastic spring structures to transmit mechanical information from the front to the distant parts of the tail, helping it to bend appropriately and ultimately swim toward an egg.”[iv]The sections within the tail communicate by sensing the front of the tail near the section that contains the mitochondria. Each section in turn responds to information in front of it to synchronize their motions. The sperm tail mechanism first creates a sliding motion between the filaments inside the cylindrically arranged structure, producing the tail bending. Movement in this complex sequence triggers motion down to the distant parts of the tail. Even with these revelations, researchers are only beginning to understand what goes on. Phys.org says,“The mechanism of a sperm tail first creates a sliding motion between filaments, inside this cylindrically arranged structure, finally resulting in a tail bending, a bit like the piston that converts back and forth motion in to [sic] rotation of the wheel on a train. Any one movement in this complex sequence appears to be able to trigger motion right through to the distant parts of the tail.“The big question now is, are particular springs in the tail coupled-up to transmit specific biomechanical information, and just [do] these ‘rowers’ self-organize?It turns out that the design of the sperm tail is just as complex as the design of the bacteria flagellum, which is well known to Darwin skeptics as an icon of intelligent design. Both are complex well-designed structures, one located on a so-called simple primitive organism, and the other on the sperm of the most complex organism known, namely humans.This example illustrates a trend in biology. When structures do not seem very difficult to evolve, further research shows them to be far more complex and, consequently, much more difficult to explain by unguided evolution. What appear to be simple structures, such as sperm tails, on further investigation are shown to be far more complex, requiring a good understanding of biomechanics, especially elasto-hydrodynamics.If Darwin were alive today, would he still try to explain such complex phenomena with his theory of gradual transmutation via natural selection? In 1859, when he suggested that all life was the result of slow, gradual variations (now thought to come from genetic mistakes), he could not have known the intricacies of sexual reproduction down to the tip of a sperm tail. Those who know today have no such excuse.[i] “The mechanical properties of sperm tails revealed,” https://phys.org/news/2017-05-mechanical-properties-sperm-tails-revealed.html[ii] Coy, Rachel and Hermes Gadêlha. 2017. The counterbend dynamics of cross-linked filament bundles and flagella, Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 14(130):1-10. May 31.rsif.royalsocietypublishing.org/lookup/doi/10.1098/rsif.2017.0065[iii] Phys.org, Ibid.[iv] Phys.org, Ibid.Dr Jerry Bergman, professor, author, and speaker, is a frequent contributor to Creation-Evolution Headlines. See all his posts on his Author Profile page.last_img read more

Delhi University sports quota admissions 2014


first_imgDelhi University provides admission to students excelling not only academically but also to those good in sports. Each college is required to reserve minimum 5 per cent sports quota in all undergraduate courses although the college may decide the actual number of seats offered under the quota. Students are selected for admission via sports quota in two ways: direct admission or through sports trials.Sports Quota Admissions:I. Direct admission by the college without trialsSports persons who have participated / represented the country in the following competition(s) are eligible for direct admission to the college without any trial. Olympic Games by IOCWorld Championships under International Sports Federations (IOA and / or MYAS recognised / affiliated games)Asian Games by Olympic Council of AsiaAsian Championships organized International Federation of Concerned game (recognised / affiliated by MYAS and / or IOA)Commonwealth Games, S.A.F. Games and Afro-Asian Games.Paralympic Games (recognised/affiliated by IOC and / or MYAS)II. Admission based on Sports TrialsCandidates can also be selected for admission through the sports quota through a 50-marks sports trial test which includes skill test, game performance test, game specific fitness, and fundamentals of the game / sport etc. Minimum 18 marks are required in the sports trial for admission under sports quota.  Aspirants need to clear any two of the following fitness tests:1. Strength: Standing broad Jump: 1.65 metres for Men and 1.15 metres for women2. Endurance: 1,000 metres run/walk: 5 minutes for men, 6 minutes for women3. Speed 50 metres dash: 8 seconds for men, 9 seconds for womenOR If a student is applying under sports quota for chess, Archery or shooting he/she will need to qualify for any one of following fitness tests: 1. 50-metre dash2. Standing broad jump3.  1,000 m race/walkadvertisementAspirants are advised to contact the concerned college for details.last_img read more

1999 World Cup Reunion


first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is proud to announce a reunion of the World Champion Australian Representatives from the 1999 World Cup. The reunion will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Trans Tasman series to be held from the 24th – 26th April 2009 in Wollongong, NSW. It has been 10 years since the very successful 1999 World Cup campaign which was held in Sydney, and in celebration of a Trans Tasman Series coming to Australia for the first time in 6 years. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of both the present players and those who have pulled on the green and gold before them.  Since the release of the initial information, there has been expressed interest from other past Australian Representatives from earlier and since campaigns who would also like to be included. TFA extends a warm invitation not only specifically to the 1999 World Cup members, but also any member of past representative teams from any campaign to attend and celebrate the current Australian Contingent.We will provide a special reunion package available for members to book with TFA, which will include the Reunion VIP Cocktail Function during the Saturday Night Test Series including a 2 hour drinks package, commemorative gift and free entry to the Trans Tasman games to be held at WIN Stadium for $50 inc GST.    Reunion attendees are also welcome to attend the ANZAC Ceremony if they wish and can also purchase tickets to attend the Australian Team Function on the Sunday early afternoon as well as the Thursday Trans Tasman Civic Reception dinner.  While hosting the Trans Tasman Series here in Australia, TFA are focused on the Australian aspects of the 1999 World Cup, but are also extending an open invitation to other participants of the event including Federation of International Touch Referees, New Zealand Team Members and participants from any other Nation.  We also extend a warm invitation to the friends/ family and partners of the 1999 World Cup who are also permitted to purchase Reunion Tickets.At this early stage of promotion we have had exciting feedback that both the Women’s Open and Men’s Open teams from the 1999 Campaign will have the majority of their members in attendance.     To arrange the purchase of reunion tickets, and get on the emailing list for more information, like ‘reunion friendly accommodation’, please contact Chrissy Brockway on 02 6212 2800 and [email protected]   Related Filesflyer-pdflast_img read more

18 days agoHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the manager


first_imgHarry Winks: Spurs players behind the managerby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveHarry Winks says Tottenham Hotspur’s squad are sticking by Mauricio Pochettino.The Argentine is under pressure to keep his job after Saturday’s loss to Brighton, leaving the club with a record of three wins from 11 games this season.But Winks believes Pochettino has the complete support of his playing squad.”He’s our manager. He’s been fantastic ever since he’s been at the club and taken the club to new heights,” Winks said.”At the moment we are going through a bit of a rough patch. That happens in football, every club goes through it.”It’s important we stand up as men and get through these dark times, and hopefully we can get back to playing well and winning as much as we can.”In the last six years we have come such a long way, we have become a title-challenging side. But we haven’t shown it this season, we have only shown it in parts.”In certain games we have played really well but for the majority of this season we haven’t shown what we are about.”It’s important we look back on it and reflect so realise it’s not been good enough, no excuses. The only way we can put it right is back in training and the next match.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more